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Enthusiastic support is counterbalanced by concerns about Dr. Fauci, improper inoculation techniques, and unknown long term consequences.
Medscape describes itself as “the leading online destination for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide.” This website reports on medical news in five languages and, earlier this year, posed a question for discussion: How concerned are you about adverse events related to the vaccines?
Commenting is “limited to medical professionals” who must first log-in. The doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses, pharmacists, and paramedics who’ve addressed that topic have expressed a range of opinion.
Many report that they themselves experienced no adverse reactions after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, and therefore have few concerns. Others insist that, whatever shortcomings might be associated with these vaccines, they’re our path back to a normal life.
From the beginning, concerns about patient safety, medical ethics, and informed consent have been prominent themes. In early February commenter Daniel D’Almeida reported that some individuals who received H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines in Ghana a decade ago suffered severe side effects, including death. How can we be sure, he wondered, that COVID vaccines are “safe for everyone.”
Registered nurse Angela McDowell similarly recalled “many patients” who experienced disturbing side effects after receiving swine flu vaccinations. Since no one knows how COVID vaccines will affect people with pre-existing autoimmune disorders, she wrote in May, the public “is participating in a very large [clinical] trial.”
Some Medscape commenters have expressed concern that patients could be harmed by improper injection techniques. In the words of Melinda Murphy Schuessler,
Watching on TV the administration of the vaccine by various personnel I have noted a number of people are injecting the drug too high on the arm…It appears individuals in their haste to vaccinate as many people as possible have forgotten the basic mechanics of giving an injection into the deltoid muscle…this can have serious, debilitating consequences.
Someone else recalled receiving a flu vaccine from a pharmacist “in the wrong site; I still have a lump there,” they reported, before adding: “I am still deciding whether to get the vaccination or not, as the injection techniques are so scary.” Indeed, it isn’t difficult to find papers in the medical literature that discuss post-vaccine shoulder injury and even vaccine-induced inflammatory arthritis.
Another person wrote that, at the facility at which she received her own COVID vaccine, the wrong equipment was used, which has left her unsure if she’s now properly protected: “I am concerned the needle was not long enough per CDC and Pizer [sic] recommendations. A 5/8 needle is ok for those 130 pounds or less. Most of the people being vaccinated were 150 pounds or more.”
While supporting a quick rollout of vaccines to medical personnel, Claude Eubanks remarked: “I think Dr Fauchi [sic] needs to step aside…He is political and that isn’t what we need as the top advisor on Covid. Many physicians feel as I do about Anthony. His political bias has gotten in the way of good science.”
Still undecided about whether to get a COVID vaccine herself, registered nurse Janeen Russell was administering them part time when she made her own remarks on the Medscape forum. Concerned about the lack of long term safety data, she declared: “Professionally, I draw the line at pregnant women. I will not, under any circumstance, give this agent to a pregnant woman.”
For her part, Dr Kathleen Meunier objected to the failure, on the part of vaccine advocates, to tell the public they could develop a life-changing autoimmune disease years after receiving these inoculations. In her words:
It is unethical. It is a violation of trust. I believe in the value of vaccines. I also believe deliberately misleading people is wrong. The end does not justify the means.
To be continued Read Part 2 here: When Medical Personnel Have Dreadful Vaccine Experiences
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